Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Climate Change Offers Us An Opportunity by Jim Geraghty


Our current blazingly hot summer is spurring another go-round of exhausted arguments about climate change, whether it is "real" and "is it man-made?"

As President Obama and his aspiring replacements grapple with how to handle this emotional issue, they have left one avenue largely unexplored: the often-ignored fact that climate change will help the U.S. economy in several ways and enhance, not diminish, the United States' geopolitical power.

In fact, the United States and its allies will be best situated to adapt to a changing climate. Besides a longer growing season, Americans will see economic benefits from the opening of the Northwest Passage, a sea route connecting the Pacific and Atlantic running north of Alaska and Canada. Rising temperatures will thaw out the frozen course and offer a much faster and cheaper method for transoceanic shipping - saving perhaps $1 million per trip.

With this thawing will come access to a treasure trove of resources - from nearly a quarter of the world's undiscovered oil and gas reserves, to large deposits of rare earth minerals that power everything electronic, to perhaps the oil of the 21st century: fresh water supplies in the form of polar ice.

Americans are a largely optimistic people who easily tune out doomsaying and austerity (witness the debate over the debt). But we're quick to spot opportunities and have pride and continuing faith in our own ability to achieve technical marvels such as the moon landing. Rather than our doom, climate change could be the centerpiece of ensuring a second consecutive American Century.

Continue To Crater

Not O.K. at the O.K. Corral by Maureen Dowd

Column: Grand Ol' Party

King In His Rightful Place by Charles Krauthammer


It is one of the enduring mysteries of American history - so near-providential as to give the most hardened atheist pause - that it should have produced, at every hinge point, great men who matched the moment.

Equally miraculous is Martin Luther King Jr. Black America's righteous revolt against a century of post-emancipation oppression could have gone in many bitter and destructive directions. It did not.

Transcending all forms of sectarianism to achieve a common humanity was, of course, a major element of King's thought. But it was not the only one. He consciously rooted civil rights in the American story, not just for tactical reasons of enlisting whites in the struggle, but because he deeply believed that his movement, while fiercely adversarial, was quintessentially American - indeed, a profound vindication of the American creed.

In the heart of the nation's capital, King now literally takes his place in the American pantheon, the only non-president to be so honored. Now there is no room for anyone more on the shores of the Tidal Basin.

This is as it should be.

The Deep Pools Where The Towers Once Stood Powerfully Evoke Loss

9/11 Memorial: A Void Unfilled by Inga Saffron

Nation & World

House GOP Aims To Spike Rules It Believes Cost Jobs by Jim Abrams


WASHINGTON - The House Republican agenda this fall will focus on repealing environmental and labor regulations that GOP lawmakers say are driving up the cost of doing business and discouraging employers from hiring new workers.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia wrote in a memo to his fellow Republicans that as soon as Congress returns to Washington next week, he would start bringing up bills to repeal or restrict federal regulations. He also said the House would act on a small-business tax deduction. The memo was released Monday.

"By pursuing a steady repeal of job-destroying regulations, we can help lift the cloud of uncertainty hanging over small and large employers alike, empowering them to hire more workers," Cantor said in his memo.

The House will consider a bill to delay implementation of new Environmental Protection Agency emission and air-pollution rules for utility plants until the full impact of the Obama administration's regulatory agenda has been studied. Cantor said the new rules could drive up electricity bills in many parts of the country by 12 to 24 percent.

Also on the agenda are new EPA emission rules for boilers that Cantor said could put 200,000 jobs at risk, and similar regulations for cement and coal ash.

The Truth About Truthers

Scenes From The Fractured 9/11 Activist Movement by Partick Rapa

Letter To The Editor

Fumo doesn't deserve more time

The Inquirer editorial calling for more time for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is unfortunate ("Crime deserves more time," Thursday).

The government is asking for a 21-year sentence for a 68-year-old defendant. That's tantamount to a life sentence.

Not to diminish the severity of Fumo's offenses, but the fact remains he has no prior criminal record, was not convicted of a violent crime, and there were no wholesale victim impact statements. To sentence any defendant to what would inevitably be a life sentence under such circumstances is, in my opinion, "cruel and unusual punishment," which is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter can fix any computation errors, offer a more detailed rationale for his decision, and impose the same 55-month sentence. As for The Inquirer's vigilante-style poll about his sentence, I view it as nothing more than an attempt to influence the court. Wasn't the scathing editorial enough?

Albert Whitehead, Philadelphia

A Man From Western Pa. Is The World Champion At Sending Stones Over The Water

Skipping His Way To More Fudge by Kristi Cummins

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Listicle Without Commentary

The Clash - Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg

1) "The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too" – 3:45
2) "Kill Time" – 4:58
3) "Should I Stay or Should I Go" – 3:05
4) "Rock the Casbah" – 3:47
5) "Know Your Rights" (extended version) – 5:04
6) "Red Angel Dragnet" – 6:12
7) "Ghetto Defendant" – 6:17
8) "Sean Flynn" – 7:30
9) "Car Jamming" – 3:53
10) "Inoculated City" – 4:32
11) "Death Is a Star" – 2:39
12) "Walk Evil Talk" (instrumental) – 7:37
13) "Atom Tan" – 2:45
14) "Overpowered by Funk" (demo) – 1:59
15) "Inoculated City" (unedited version) – 2:30
16) "First Night Back in London" – 2:56
17) "Cool Confusion" – 3:10
18) "Straight to Hell" (extended version) – 6:56

Hat-Tip: The Awl.com & Zoe Strauss

Friday, August 19, 2011

House of Cards

Letters To The Editor

Re: Raising Business Taxes Does Affect Job Creation

Dear Sir,

Mr. Daniel J. Prasalowicz (CEO of Mr. Sandless) should hire an honest accounting firm. His highly leveraged business model is outdated and unsustainable. His bottom-line may "show a hefty profit... but uses the extra money to pay off debt."

Does this sound like "profit?" More like setting the groundwork for another over-hyped & over-valued I.P.O. (Initial Public Offering).

Case in point: "All raising my taxes will do is hurt the growth of my company and the creation of jobs. Take more money in taxes, and I will make cuts - payroll being first."

Sadly, the saber-rattling noise and fear-mongering espoused by Mr. Prasalowicz is music to the ears of the investment & business communities.


(Name Redacted)
Philadelphia, Pa

Our Wealth Is Now The Banks'

The Fed loaned $16 trillion of our money to its owner member banks within the past few years, so they can buy up the cheap assets from the crash they created. These banks aren't too big to fail; they are too evil to let live.

Charles Michael Couch, via e-mail

Give Them Just What They Want

What you are witnessing is not just an accident; it is all in the plan. Boom and bust is the design. Boom, working people create wealth out of labor. Bust, Banks collapse the available currency and steal the wealth for pennies on the dollar. How many times do the people have to see this story to get it?

Charles Couch, via e-mail

From the N.Y. Times Archives:

Weak Results Are Projected For Wall Street

Published: July 11, 2011

Only a few short months ago, JPMorgan Chase traders were on such a roll that they did not have a single losing day in the first quarter.

But when the bank reports its second-quarter results this week, that hot streak will have come to an end. Analysts expect JPMorgan to count an almost 20 percent drop in its sales and trading revenues, reflecting a slowdown in investor activity and the dismal performance of its fixed-income and commodities groups.

Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are expected to report similar news. After helping prop up Wall Street during the financial crisis, core trading revenue is projected to drop, on average, by as much as 25 percent from the first quarter, according to Credit Suisse research.

That will put further pressure on the banks' growth prospects, which are already strained by stagnant loan growth and more stringent regulation. It is also prompting nearly every major Wall Street firm to contemplate another round of layoffs amid growing concerns that at least part of the weak results are permanent.

''We are undoubtedly being impacted by lower levels of activity,'' said William Tanona, a financial services analyst with UBS. ''There is a lot of uncertainty out there.''

Together, the five Wall Street banks are still going to take in more than $20 billion from their core trading operations, largely from business done on behalf of clients. For example, the banks routinely help airlines hedge oil prices or bring together buyers and sellers of stock, bonds and other complex securities -- often putting their own money on the line to facilitate a trade. But during the second quarter, the business was particularly hard hit.

Trading volumes fell sharply as investors became unnerved by the running debt crisis in Europe, the political standoff over the debt ceiling in the United States, and lingering concerns over the anemic growth of the broader economy.

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Nation & World

President Obama Hits The Campaign Trail; Pretends To Be A Democrat

"White House Weighs Harder Line With GOP. Compromise didn't work, Aides urge exploiting rival's weakness."


Factoid: The bottom 50 percent of households, based on pretax income, make less combined than the top 1 percent. Only three decades ago, the bottom half made more than twice as much.

-- David Leohardt


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Courtesy of FLP

Free Books Added To Personal Library:

Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life by Michael Dirda
Henry Holt and Company, L.L.C. (2005)

The NY Times Guide to Coin Collecting by Ed Reiter
St. Martin's Griffin (2002)

Foxfire 7 - Edited with an Introduction by Paul F. Gillespie
Anchor Books & Press/Doubleday (1973/1982)

The Magian Gospel of Brother Yeshua
Realized through the Consciousness of Carolus Magus
The Magian Press (1979)

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
Other Press (2008)

Friday, August 12, 2011


Most People Have Never Learned That One Of The Main Aims In Life Is To Enjoy It.

-- Samuel Butler



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Obit: There Was No Margerine For Error In Her Sculpture

Norma "Duffy" Lyon

In this 1999 photo, Ms. Lyon works on "The Last Supper," one of her most ambitious butter sculptures.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Given: The WaterFall

Found Paintng (2'x3')

Found Door

Rain Video


Painting Found July 8th, 7 a.m. - recycling pile, Richmond St.

Door Found July 9th, 10 a.m. Richmond St.

Rain Video, July 8th, 3 p.m.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Market Place

Hermit Crabs Make Terrific Pets

Basic Info:

Hermit Crabs make great pets because they do not carry any known disease and are hypo-allergenic, which make Hermit Crabs a perfect pet for those with allergies. Land Hermit Crabs are very low maintenance and are easy to take care of. Nomally hermit crabs do not require large amounts of space and they are odorless.

In the wild Land Hermit Crabs live inland away from the water. Land hermit crabs are also non-aggressive, unlike many of the sea crabs. However, in the unlikely event that a Hermit Crab grabs your skin, the Hermit Crab will release immediately upon contact with water. Simply place the hermit crab pincher under warm running water (make sure it's not hot) and the hermit crab will instinctively release.

Hermit crabs are nocturnal and are more active at night than during the day. Hermit Crabs are not solitary animals and it is suggested to have more than one because of their social nature. In fact, in the wild we see Hermit Crabs move from one area to another as a group. Some natives even refer to them as "soldier crabs" due to their habit of "trooping" in numbers.


You may feed your Land Hermit Crab various kinds of fruits and vegetables (pieces of lettuce, grapes, bananas, etc). But these should be removed the next day because they are perishable. Hermit crabs also enjoy various other foods such as dry cereal, peanut butter, popcorn, and crackers. Give them a pinch three times a week.

Please do not feed them any extremely spicy or hot foods. If desired, commercial Hermit Crab food can be purchased to insure a proper diet that gives them all the vitamins and minerals they need. But be aware that some commercial foods contain fish that have an odor that could make your crab smells like fish. Also it is a good idea to leave them without any food 1 or 2 days a week so they can consume food they hide coner of their cage. This allows them to mimic the behaviors that they would exhibit in the wild.


Hermit crab cage should not be kept in direct sunlight. They are happy in temperatures between 70-80 degrees, and they prefer humidity. Placing a sea sponge in the cage will help to increase the humidity. Make sure you boil sea sponges often because hermit crabs also eat sea sponges.

Also putting plastic wrap before you put a lid on the top will help to keep more humidity in their cage. Just make sure to add little holes in the middle of this wrap for air. If your home temperature is lower than 65 degrees, you may consider to place a heating pad underneath the cage. Do not use a heat lamp because it can dehydrate your crab.

They can live without food for weeks, even months, but they need a constant supply of fresh water. Spring, distilled or de-chlorinated water(same qulity water for fish tank) is highly recommended (no enhanced water). If you have Ecuadorian land hermit crabs, they will require some salt (non-iodized sea salt) in their water.

You should also make sure not to allow water to remain under the gravel or sand in their cage, because that can cause bacteria or mites. You can also bathe (less than 5 minutes) or mist these little guys outside of the cage to keep them clean. Hermit crabs will enjoy their shower, but make sure they are dry before returning them to their cage after their bath.

Exoskeleton & Shell:

Hermit Crabs like all other crustacean have an exoskeleton. This hard exoskeleton only covers the front portion of the body. The tail is very soft and must be protected inside of the shell. When their shell home gets too small or dirty they will go searching for a new one. At that time you should provide them with a few new shells.

If you are not sure when they need shells, set empty shells always available in their cage, approximately 10-15% bigger than ones they have. If you set the shells in their cage, they will move in to them by themselves when they are ready. It can also be a great toy for them, even if hermit crabs don't move to new shells right away.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Staycation Photos: Two Block Radius

Richmond St.

Elkhart St.

Clearfield St.

Note: Photos taken July 3rd, Noon - 1 p.m.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cookie Fortune (Radio Edit)

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